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Guangzhou and Sweden’s Linkoping celebrate 20 years as twin cities

2017-December-1       Source: Newsgd.com

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of partnership between Guangzhou and Linkoping, the fifth biggest city in Sweden. To celebrate the 20 years of friendship, Helena Balthammar, Mayor of Linkoping, headed up a delegation visiting Guangzhou from November 29 to December 1.

The 3rd workshop on urban sustainable development is held at Guangzhou University on November 29.[Photo\Newsgd.com]

Targeting Guangzhou’s environmental problems, the joint research center launched three projects around solid waste recycling, food waste biogas technology and environmental policy management. During the workshop, team members of each project reported their progress from the previous year.

The urban mineral research group said they have conducted a series of investigations into solid waste disposal in key communities in Guangzhou, and provided suggestions and strategies for classification and recycling of solid waste in the city. There was also an exchange program undertaken, where Guangzhou members were invited to visit one of the most advanced waste incineration power plants in Sweden.

Helen Dannetun, Vice-Chancellor of Linkoping University, said the solutions in Guangzhou and Linkoping differed but have several factors in common. “Our demand for residential buildings is high, which stimulates the rate of construction and causes costs to increase. We both want to limit cars in our cities and to see more green areas with open streets.”

“By working together on research and development, we can help each other to build residential areas that are more sustainable,” said Helen Dannetun, “and it is precisely the fact that our two cities are not identical that increases opportunities for more constructive discussion.”

During the trip, the Linkoping delegation also visited the National Supercomputer Center and South China University of Technology, aiming to bring cooperation into new areas.

 

Reported by Jasmine Yin

Edited by Simon Haywood & Olivia Ouyang

 

Editor: Jasmine

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